Artists for Hire is housed in Pittsburgh, PA. Created by the local art community, we hope to engage and connect to artists nationally and abroad.

We believe in a better world for marginalized individuals working both in and out of the art field.
We believe in a living wage for art workers.
We believe in the power of community and unionization. 
We believe in the safety and security of all individuals. 
We believe in art as an act of resistance and a form of connection.


Emma Vescio, Director
Fred Blauth, Editor

Contributors [Ongoing]:
Hannah Frank
Samir Gangwani
Jessica Hessler
J Houston
Roxy Jamin
Soren Lundi
Julie Mallis
Ashley Olinger
Paul Peng
Sarah Sindler
Camden Yandel
Allison DiPofi (frogdream)
Daniel Gurwin
Xiola Jensen
Eriko Hattori
Shori Vera
Christina Lee
Steph Neary
Christina Acuña Castillo
Sadie Shoaf
Paul Roden
Karen Lue
Sydney Joslin-Knapp



We want you and we know they will want you too!
If you have a friend in need, we encourage asking consent to write an ad for them.

All classifieds will stay on our website for 30 days, and then will be archived!

Any comments, questions, and concerns can be sent to:

- Job listers are highly encouraged to pay close attention to applicants' potential and experience rather than education.
- Job listers and hired workers must have a written agreement/contract.
- Any contracted work must be paid within a week of work that is finished.
- No promised work without follow through.

- Job listers are highly encouraged to pay at least $15/hr to applicants. Anything less must be discussed ahead of time, or on a short term basis. (EXAMPLE: Job lister is also coming from a place without a high income.
It is agreed upon and clearly stated in the contract that the job lister will give the artist/worker X amount.)

- No unpaid work will be posted.

WHY ARE THESE THE REQUIREMENTS? 1. Education is based on privilege, and until higher education is accessible to everyone, we need to make our art community equal. Potential, experience, and passion are more valuable than a degree. If there are certain skills that are required for the job you are posting, we encourage an allotted training time to those who may not have had the chance to learn previously.
2. Job listers are required to send a written contract with what is expected from who they are going to hire. This may seem like extra work for the job lister, and while it can be, it helps the employee to understand what is expected from them. Written contracts ensure that the art worker will get paid, expectations of the project have been developed, and that both parties can be happy. It is important to us that art workers are not left confused and stressed by the job/project they have agreed to.
3. Art workers are continuously devalued, taken advantage of, and compromised. Art workers accept a lesser amount than what they deserve since we live in an economy that sees art as expendable. Art is necessary and vital for communities to exist. $15 is the minimum for posting with Artists for Hire. We hope than that any job lister would agree with our mission.
4. Unpaid work leads to financially privileged individuals receiving opportunities that others cannot commit to. Unpaid work leads to a burn-out culture of workers who are compromising their own well-being to try and get ahead. As stated above, we hope that any job listers do not believe in unpaid work equating exposure. All work is valuable. All work needs to be compensated. 

Any comments, questions, and concerns can be sent to:



Find Regional Mutual Funds:

Emergency Grants
Modest Needs (anywhere)
Mayer Foundation (NYC)
Max's Kansas City Proj (NY State)
Haven Foundation (anywhere in US)

Queer Assistance
SisTers PGH (Allegheny County) > for trans/non-binary folx > rent assistance / food / temporary housing / bunch of other services (you can donate too)
Free Chest Binders if you can't afford (Anywhere)
TLDEF (pgh, nyc, philly, nj, detroit, chicago, atlanta, milwaukee) > tgnc name change pro bono

Callen-Lorde (NYC) 
The Center (NYC) 
Prevention Point Pittsburgh | Instagram 
Allies for Health + Wellbeing (formerly Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force) : STI testing, HIV services, Hep C treatment, medical and behavioral health treatment, food pantry
PA Harm Reduction Coalition | Instagram
  • If you know someone in recovery (all kinds! not just abstinence) who might need extra support right now, our friends at Unity Recovery are leading free daily online groups
Queer Appalachia Harm Reduction | Instagram
National Harm Reduction Coalition
Disability Underground: Fat or Disabled and need COVID-19-related medical advocacy? Call (800) 626-4959 or email
Harm Reduction Coalition: A national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the health and dignity of individuals and communities impacted by drug use. 
Women With a Vision: Women With A Vision is a community-based non-profit, founded in 1989 by a grassroots collective of Black women in response to the spread of HIV/AIDS in communities of color. Today our major areas of focus include Sex Worker Rights, Drug Policy Reform, HIV Positive Women’s Advocacy, and Reproductive Justice outreach. 

Support for Sex Workers and People in the Sex Industry:
Philadelphia Sex Worker Relief Fund: Funds for Street Workers, Full Service, Dancers, and other In Person workers. With priority to POC, Transwomen, & Queer Workers. To donate venmo @cleo-x, Cashapp $pbnpineapples, . To request aid, email

SWOP Behind Bars: a national social justice network dedicated to the fundamental human rights of people who face discrimination from the criminal justice system due to the stigma associated with the sex industry. Have an emergency relief fund for sex workers in need due to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Support for People who are Incarcerated & Bail Out Funds:
Bukit Bail Fund: A coalition of individuals supporting those incarcerated in Allegheny County Jail. Donate here: 
Philly Community Bail Fund: The mission of the Philadelphia Community Bail Fund is to end cash bail in our city. Until that day, we post bail for our neighbors who cannot afford to pay.
COVID Bailout NYC: an all volunteer, emergency grassroots initiative that has teamed up with Emergency Release Fund to get people safe and free. 
Nationalbailout: a Black-led and Black-centered collective of abolitionist organizers, lawyers and activists building a community-based movement to support our folks and end systems of pretrial detention and ultimately mass incarceration. 

Support for People who are Undocumented:
Bay Area UndocuAPI Mutual Aid Fund: We're a small group of API friends in the Bay Area organizing to support three of our undocuAPI loved ones and their families who've been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Undocumented worker fund: During this global health crisis, undocumented and immigrant communities are particularly at risk. In times of need, undocumented families don't have access to basic necessities like health insurance, paid sick leave, and unemployment. 

Mutual Aids
PGH artist emergency fundNYC artist / freelance relief fund
Freelancer resources list
pgh mutual aid spreadsheet
creative capital list of resources
decolonize this place 
Boston artist relief fund
Black nyc mutual aid
Kinlani Mutual Aid
Pueblo Relief Fund
Chief Seattle Club
Northern Cheyenne Fights COVID-19
Indigenous Kinship Collective
Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund
COVID-19 NYC Black Folk Mutual Aid Fund: BYP100, BAJI and DecrimNY are pooling funds to offer support to folks in the NYC area impacted by COVID-19. We will offer financial support, quarantine supplies & any other support needed. 
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Philadelphia: a Black, Brown, & Native-led group of community members & organizers involved with radical social justice organizations around the city. We are neighbors concerned about our communities and helping to make sure those most vulnerable and affected by COVID-19 get the help they need. 
Freelancers Mutual Aid Fund